By Lewis Gould
You can’t blame last night’s Phils’ loss to the Angels on Aaron Nola.
He allowed two runs in six innings, and has allowed two or fewer runs in eight consecutive starts, tying him with Cliff Lee (2011) and Roy Oswalt (2010-11) for the second-longest streak by a starter in Phillies history. Cole Hamels holds the record at nine consecutive starts in ’11.
Nola has a 1.66 ERA (10 earned runs in 54 1/3 innings) in his past eight starts, striking out 63 and walking 15.
“He pitched well enough to win the game,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
“It was a battle tonight for sure,” Nola said. “I got myself in jams with two outs and two strikes. They capitalized on them.”
“That’s my plan going [forward], minimize the runs,” Nola said. “I’ve just got to be better with two strikes and two outs.”